Facebook’s virtual ‘walkout’ and what it means

Facebook’s virtual ‘walkout’ and what it means

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Not physically being in the office hasn’t prevented some workers from “walking out.”
Some Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout Monday over CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to take action on a series of controversial posts from President Donald Trump last week, reports CNN’s Kaya Yurieff and Donie O’Sullivan.
The walkout meant that employees logged off for the day in protest.
Here’s what happened: Last week, Trump posted on social media about mail-in ballots. The lack of accurate information in the posts spurred Twitter to affix a fact-check label to Trump’s tweets for the first time. Facebook, however, chose to do nothing on an identical post on its site.

Days later, Trump began tweeting about the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis, in which he warned “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter put a warning label on the post saying it glorified violence. Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) left the posts untouched.
The lack of action on Zuckerberg’s part did not sit well with everyone, with some employees taking to Twitter to express their disagreement.
Only a small number of Facebook employees have been publicly speaking out, and a source told CNN Business that the company’s human resources department instructed managers not to retaliate against the staff who protested, or to make them use paid time off.
It’s becoming more common to see workers speak up against their employers. Last summer, we saw some Wayfair employees walk out after the company sold bedroom furniture to a nonprofit that operates migrant detention facilities.

There still aren’t nearly enough black leaders in Corporate America

Despite growing awareness of the importance of diversity at work, there’s still a scarcity of black professionals in corporate power roles.
Here’s a snapshot of how few black executives there are in the C-suites and on the boards of America’s biggest companies:
  • Black professionals in 2018 held just 3.3% of all executive or senior leadership roles, according to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • There are just four black CEOs who run Fortune 500 companies today.
  • And more than a third of S&P 500 companies did not have any black board members, according to Black Enterprise’s 2019 Power in the Boardroom report.
CNN’s Jeanne Sahadi explores some of the reasons why there’s such a persistent dearth of black professionals in top roles. Chief among them: Companies aren’t doing enough to grow their pipelines of talented black employees.

Freelancers still waiting for unemployment benefits

In previous economic downturns, freelancers typically couldn’t turn to unemployment benefits as a financial safety net.
But in March, Congress made a major expansion to the unemployment program, temporarily allowing the self-employed, gig workers and independent contractors to file for benefits.
It was welcome news. But the benefits have proven hard to get.
Millions of freelancers are still waiting for their checks — some two months after losing their jobs, CNN’s Tami Luhby reports.
The expansion hasn’t been easy as many states struggled to recalibrate their systems to include these workers. States also have different rules for applying for benefits, adding to frustrations.
Click here to read the full report.

Working from home with ADHD

The shift to teleworking has been tough for many workers. And for some adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it’s harder to stay focused and be as productive.
Symptoms of ADHD can include inattention and hyperactivity, which can make it hard to concentrate and stay organized and on schedule. For some, the office environment and being surrounded by colleagues helped maintain structure.
With all that gone now, some workers with ADHD are struggling to focus and prioritize tasks.
But there are steps adults with ADHD can take to help manage working from home, reports CNN’s Kristen Rogers.
Start by planning your day the evening before. Split up your day to focus on complex tasks earlier in the day and easy, fun assignments toward the end of the day.
Here are five more ways adults with ADHD can productively work from home.

Are you ready to let repair workers into your home?

Our homes might be paying the price from all the extra time we’re spending in them.
Whether it’s a broken dishwasher, floundering washing machine or just a much-needed deep clean, we might be starting to consider bringing in some professional help.
But every person you let into your home carries a risk of possible infection for both parties, which is why you can expect to see some protocol changes with in-home services.
Think: masks, gloves, goggles and shoe coverings, social distancing and more cleaning equipment.
And when it comes to hiring child or elder care help, there need to be clear rules about mask wearing and hand washing and regular updates on what everyone is comfortable with.
Click here to read more about keeping everyone safe

Coffee break

If 2020 was the year you were finally going to take the vacation of your dreams, I am sorry.
But it might still be possible to salvage some summer fun with a Plan B, C, D or maybe even E, depending on how things pan out.
One good starting point is to look for wide open spaces. While Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon announced partial re-openings in mid-May, don’t overlook lesser-known parks, and consider a lake trip over the beach scene.
The Battlefields at Gettysburg have seen an increase in road traffic as people take self-guided tours back through history.
If you need a little trip inspiration and some clues on what traveling might look like in the era of coronavirus, click here.

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